May 2010 news archive
2010 news archive
2010 news archive
2010 news archive
2010 news archive
MP to open play area
former MP is to open Berrow's newly refurbished play area later
this month. David Heathcoat-Amory will lead the ceremony on Friday
16th July at 3.30pm on Berrow Village Green in Berrow Road. It
was partly funded with £50k of National Lottery cash.
donate £320 to hospital
GROUP of fundraising bikers handed over a cheque for more than
£300 to the Friends of Burnham-On-Sea Hospital on Wednesday
(June 30th) following a recent bike run. Over 40 motorcycling
enthusiasts from the town took part in a 100 mile bike from Burnham
on June 13th.
hurt in accident
owner of this motorbike was taken to hospital with leg injuries
after being injured in an accident on the A38 near the Edithmead
roundabout near Burnham-On-Sea on Thursday afternoon (July 1st).
Police and ambulance crews were called to the scene at 1pm
and the 55-year old was taken to hospital. More...
hovercraft in night rescue
Special: A 21-year-old man who was stranded
in mud on Weston beach has been rescued by Burnham-On-Sea's rescue
hovercraft and a team of Coastguards early this morning (Thursday,
July 1st). Crewmembers from Burnham-based BARB were paged at 2am
on dangerous dogs
Pet owners in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge
have been fined hundreds of pounds in recent weeks as police launch
a crackdown on dangerous dogs. An alsatian owner in Highbridge
has been ordered to pay compensation of £300 to a lady who
was bitten on her leg.
Saga premiere at Ritz
FANS of the Twilight Saga series
of movies will get to watch the latest blockbuster movie at Burnham-On-Sea's
cinema a week before the rest of the country. The Ritz in Victoria
Street has secured a special screening of the film at midnight
crew helps stuck sheep
were called out to rescue a stranded sheep on the banks of the
River Brue in Highbridge on Wednesday evening (June 30th). The
animal was reported to be in difficulty near the Clyce by a passing
walker, prompting a fire crew from Burnham to investigate.
Fest in town this Sunday
WIDE range of entertainment for young people in Burnham-On-Sea
is being lined up at the town's second annual youth festival this
Sunday (July 4th). The second festival will get underway at 12
noon and run until 7pm. It is being run by Burnham Youth Town
and the Lions. More...
sew seeds of success
at East Huntspill Primary School have started a Grow Your Own
food project with the help of a local garden centre. Monkton Elm
Garden Centre at Monkton Heathfield, near Bridgwater, has donated
several bags of spuds to the school for its brand new Gardening
firm offers summer jobs
LOCAL public relations company is offering paid work placements
to students from Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge who are looking
for work experience this summer. Porcupine PR can offer placements
from a few weeks to several months
for the right candidates. More...
figures published this week reveal district councillors have claimed
£328,015 of expenses in the past year, an increase of just
3.7 per cent. The full list of claims made by district councillors
in the Burnham-On-Sea area has been published on this website.
TV to broadcast live race
of TV viewers will get a chance to watch live speedway racing
from Burnham-On-Sea's Oak Tree Arena in August.
Somerset Rebels will play host to the Sky Sports cameras on Monday
August 9th for a live transmission of a Premier League match.
enter sandcastle contest
280 Scouts, Beavers, Cubs and Explorers from across the district
gathered on Burnham-On-Sea beach on Tuesday evening (June 29th)
to take part in a mass sandcastle building competition. The
youngsters took part in the contest o the beach next to the town's
roles for Brean wardens
National Trust's wardens on Brean Down have
been renamed 'rangers' and are getting brand new roles as part
of a number of changes. The trust's staff have also this week
had their traditional dark green uniforms replaced with these
vibrant orange outfits instead. More...
prompts new safety calls
A MOTORCYCLIST was injured in a three-vehicle accident on
Berrow's Coast Road on Tuesday (June 29th), prompting fresh calls
for safety improvements along the busy road. Police and ambulance
crews were called to Coast Road at 3.25pm after a car towing a
caravan collided with another car.
on sale for music show
of Burnham-On-Sea District Pantomime Society have this week been
in final rehearsals for their summer show, which celebrates old
time musicals. Rehearsals are in full swing for 'The Good Old
Days', which will be held on July 8th, 9th and 10th at Burnham's
plans go on show in town
Energy is to hold a public exhibition in Burnham-On-Sea next month
as part of its second stage of public consultation on plans to
build a new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point. The energy
company will be displaying its preferred proposals for Hinkley
at the event. More...
like 'alien invaders'
fighting plans for a new wind farm in West Huntspill have this
week published this photo montage of how they think the huge wind
turbines will look. The group say the image illustrates what the
79 metre tall turbines would look like if they are built by energy
firm Ecotricity on land next to the Huntspill River.
in the Burnham-On-Sea area who, through no fault of their own,
are at risk of losing their homes now have help at hand thanks
to the launch of a new service. Sedgemoor District Council has
launched a new Repossession Prevention Loan Scheme.
fires delay trains
RAIL services through the Burnham-On-Sea area were disrupted
this afternoon (Monday, June 28th) after sparks from a passing
steam train caused two line-side grass fires. A fire crew from
Burnham was called to Middle Street in Brent Knoll at around 3.30pm
- as pictured here - to extinguish the blaze.
group given £250 boost
Moose Lodge has presented a local emergency motorcycle courier
service with a donation of £250 this week. Freewheelers
Emergency Voluntary Service provides an out-of-hours emergency
courier service to hospitals across the South West.
arrested after burglary
A teenager from Highbridge has been arrested by police investigating
last week's burglary at St John's School in the town. A 17 year-old
man was held and a laptop computer, which was stolen from the
school, has been recovered. The offender was identified from CCTV
images at a computer shop.
sealed on centre court!
A TENNIS-mad couple from Burnham-On-Sea got engaged on Wimbledon's
centre court at the weekend. Darren Lloyd popped the question
to his long-time girlfriend Louise Owen during a break in play
at the world-famous championships on Saturday (June 26th), as
search for missing girl
rescue hovercraft and Coastguard teams were called back to Weston
on Sunday afternoon (June 27th) to search for a missing child.
In their second call-out to the resort in 24 hours, crewmembers
from BARB and the Coastguard were alerted at 3.50pm.
opens garden party
Mayor and Mayoress were the VIP guests at an annual kindergarten
Garden Party on Saturday (June 26th). Michael and Maria Clarke
performed the grand opening ceremony at Southleigh Kindergarten's
summer garden party in Rectory Road,
fu groups head to Berrow
of high-kicking kung fu enthusiasts from across the UK descended
on Berrow for a local club's competition this week. Fei Lung Kwan
Kung Fu society held its first grading competition at Berrow School,
where all classes of the Fei Lung Kwan participated.
causes seafront fire
DISCARDED cigarette caused a small fire in a planter on Burnham-On-Sea
seafront. One fire engine was called to Burnham's Esplanade at
7pm on Friday (June 25th) after a walker reported that a flower
planter outside the Bay View Cafe was smoking and alight.
is new Rotary President
Rotary Club of Burnham-On-Sea has a new President for the coming
year. Frank Clegg takes over the helm from retiring President
Jim Tancock at the end of a busy and enjoyable year during which
the Club took part in 32 events either for charity or helping
dancers raise cash
of pounds was raised for charity when a group of Morris dancers
held a colourful display of their traditional work on Burnham
seafront on Saturday afternoon (June 26th). The Chalice Morris
Men performed in front of holidaymakers and seafront walkers.
ceremonies held in towns
Forces Day was marked in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge on Saturday
(June 26th) with two flag raising ceremonies. Mayor and Mayoress
Michael and Maria Clarke led the short ceremonies on Highbridge
Green in Market Street and at Burnham's Water Feature.
rescued from mudflats
people were rescued from the beach mudflats next to Brean Down
by Burnham-On-Sea's hovercrafts and Coastguards this afternoon
(Saturday, June 26th). A walker on Brean Down raised the alarm
at 2pm after spotting several groups of people struggling in waist-deep
mud one mile from the shore.
injured in A38 car blaze
A MOTORIST was treated for burns after his car - pictured here
- burst into flames near Burnham-On-Sea this afternoon (Friday,
June 25th). Police, ambulance and fire crews from Burnham were
called to the A38, near the busy Edithmead roundabout, shortly
duo in £2,000 challenge
Explorer Scouts have been selected to represent Burnham-On-Sea
in the Somerset contingent attending the World Scout Jamboree
in Sweden next year - but to get there they need to raise £2,000.
Rebecca Roseff and Emily Burland hope to attend the event next
lift off during Devon trip
cadets from Burnham-On-Sea have been experiencing the excitement
of flying in an RAF Sea King helicopter this week. The eleven
strong contingent from Burnham's 290 Squadron visited the HQ of
RAF Chivenor in north Devon, where the rescue helicopter is based.
of thefts hits holiday parks
credit cards and cameras are among the valuables stolen during
a spate of thefts from tents and caravan awnings at two holiday
parks in Burnham-On-Sea this week. A total of 11 incidents have
been reported at Burnham-On-Sea Holiday Village and Brean's Unity
Farm holiday park.
fudge shop to close
A LONG-running confectionery shop in
Burnham-On-Sea town centre is to shut down at the end of this
month after eight busy years. Roly's Fudge shop in Burnham-On-Sea
High Street - which was recently named Mister Fudge - is closing
down and moving to Cheddar.
name local crash victim
HIGHBRIDGE pensioner who died in a car accident in Cornwall on
Monday night (June 21st) has been named by police. Maragaret Sumpter,
83, pictured, was travelling in a silver Vauxhall Corsa when its
88 year-old driver lost control and ploughed into a wall at Millbrook.
verges in Watchfield, near Burnham-On-Sea, were alive with strange
characters at the weekend when the village held its annual scarecrow
festival. Fifteen of the colourful creations were put together
by local residents and hung outside homes and on fences
during the event. More...
up Burnham beach'
BURNHAM-On-Sea resident has this week called on the district council
to clean up a rubbish-strewn stretch of the town's beach. James
Spottiswoode, pictured, got in contact with Burnham-On-Sea.com
to express his "disgust" at the state of the beach between
Allandale Road and the North Esplanade.
hit town Coastguard
BURNHAM-On-Sea Coastguards have this
week been asked to stop making visits to local schools as part
of a raft of cost-cutting measures from the government. The Burnham
team often visit schools and community groups to hand out seaside
fans celebrate in town
noisy celebrations in Burnham-On-Sea this afternoon (Wednesday)
when England won their crunch World Cup match against Slovenia.
These were the scenes in The Railway Inn in Burnham's High Street
as the final whistle blew following a tense game
in which England won 1-0. More...
photos: Pontins talent show
dancers, magicians and Elvis impersonators were the mixture of
performers who took part in a talent contest in Brean at the weekend.
Brean's Pontins holiday park teamed up with The Sun newspaper
to launch the Search For A Star competition,
which was held on Sunday.
rescue beach wardens
BUSINESSES in Brean and Berrow have this week come to the
rescue of Brean's beach warden service following cutbacks by cash-strapped
Sedgemoor District Council. The
council has slashed in half the funding available for Brean Parish
Council to keep the village's vital beach warden service running.
Woman's guilty plea
woman has pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice for
her part in the murder of Burnham-On-Sea man George Lawson. Debbi
Huxtable, from Southwell Crescent in Highbridge, is due to be
sentenced on 30th July at Exeter Crown Court.
pensioner killed in crash
A HIGHBRIDGE pensioner
has died following a horrific car accident in Cornwall on Monday
night (June 21st). The 83-year-old lady was travelling in a silver
Vauxhall Corsa when its driver lost control and ploughed into
a wall at Dodbrook, near Millbrook.
The lady died later in hospital. More...
homes hit by power cut
of homes across the Burnham-On-Sea area were without power this
evening (Tuesday June 22nd), following a brief power cut. Western
Power Distribution told Burnham-On-Sea.com that a total of 9,800
homes suffered an outage at 5.26pm which lasted between 10-15
roar through Burnham
of bikers roared through Burnham-On-Sea at the weekend at the
end of a fundraising bike run. Members of Somerset Motorcycle
Group gathered at the Bristol Bridge Inn in Highbridge on Sunday
(June 20th) before setting off on their cross-county marathon.
shadow MP for week
budding policitians of the future have been getting a taste of
life as an MP by shadowing Burnham-On-Sea's Member of Parliament
Tessa Munt in London and at constituency meetings over the past
week. We speak to King Alfred School sixth formers Charlie Feltham
and Emily Sanders.
gives birth to two fawns
injured deer which is in the care of Secret World Wildlife Centre
in East Huntspill has given birth to two fawns. The roe deer,
which was injured in a road accident earlier this year, was brought
to Secret World because of the centre's experience in rearing
to mark Forces Day
Forces Day will be marked in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge this
Saturday (June 26th) with two flag raising ceremonies. The Ministry
of Defence has invited local communities across the UK to take
part in the second annual event,
which shines a spotlight on the worked of the armed forces. More...
attend classic car show
of motor vehicle enthusiasts attended a two-day special event
in Brent Knoll over the weekend. Sanders Garden World hosted a
Vintage and Classic Vehicle Display on Saturday and Sunday (June
19th and 20th) to raise money for the Freewheelers
bikers charity. More...
break into town school
A LAPTOP computer worth hundreds of pounds was stolen during
a burglary at a Highbridge school in the early hours of today
(Monday, June 21st). Police were called to St John's School in
Burnham Road at 2.31am, where they found an intruder had broken
into the premises.
appeal after car accident
have appealed for information following a fail-to-stop accident
in East Huntspill on Wednesday (June 16th). At
around 11.45am there was a crash between a black motorcycle and
a burgundy-red Toyota on Church Road at the junction with Hackness
help community centre
afternoon of flute music raised £140 towards the refurbishment
of Burnham-On-Sea's Community Centre on Sunday (June 20th). Over
40 people attended the concert, performed by Flutations, which
was organised by The Friends of Burnham-On-Sea Community Centre.
event raises charity cash
than 130 people attended a cider-themed charity fundraiser near
Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday night (June 19th). The event, called
Somerset Cider Special, was held at Rich's Cider Farm in the village
of Watchfield by Burnham Rotary Club to raise money for Cystic
gull freed by fire crew
FIRE crew from Burnham-On-Sea carried out one of their most bizarre
rescues of the year so far when they helped free a trapped baby
seagull on Sunday afternoon (June 20th). One fire engine from
Burnham was sent to Poplar Estate in Highbridge at 4.30pm to rescue
in race against tide
A BRIDGWATER couple had a race against time on their hands
when their car came close to becoming the latest victim of fast-incoming
sea water at Brean today (Sunday, June 20th). Gordon and Teresa
Cresswell had parked their Nissan Primera on the beach and then
gone for a walk on top of Brean Down.
set new world record
and beavers from Burnham-On-Sea were among 20,000 youngsters across
the UK who set a new Guinness World Record for the largest ever
sleepover on Saturday (June 19th). The Burnham youngsters, pictured
here, slept under canvas outside their BASC Ground headquarters.
photos: St John's Church fair
crowds flocked to St John's Church in Highbridge on Saturday (June
19th) when it held its annual summer fair. Sunny weather brought
large numbers of supporters to the event, which was held at St
John's School. They enjoyed live band music and entertainment
plus stalls. More...
prompts beach search
Coastguards were called out late on Friday (June 18th) to conduct
a torch-lit search of the town's beach amid concerns that a sighting
of a red light may have been a distress flare. A team of five
Burnham Coastguards searched a large area of the beach around
the low lighthouse.
pupils in coastal study
GROUP of students from Highbridge's King Alfred School have this
week been studying fossils and rock forms along the Bristol Channel
coast. The Year 7 Geography students took part in several day
visits to Kilve beach, where they studied the physical landscape.
air-lifted from A38 crash
MOTORCYCLIST was air-lifted to hospital after a crash on the A38
at Biddisham on Friday afternoon (June 18th). Police and ambulance
crews from Burnham-On-Sea rushed to the scene at 1.25pm and found
the biker had suffered leg injuries,
requiring hospital treatment. More...
call for Stert Swim entries
of Burnham-On-Sea's annual Stert Island Swim have this week made
a final call for entries to this year's sea swim. The
entry period for the popular event began earlier this year and
around 10 places are now available.
unique 2,400m race
will this year take place on July 18th.
injured in road accident
A teenage cyclist has been taken to
hospital after being knocked off his bike at a busy Burnham-On-Sea
roundabout this week. An ambulance and police were
called to the junction of Marine Drive and Burnham Road at 7.20pm
on Wednesday evening (June 16th)
after the collision. More...
Fest plans gather pace
of Burnham-On-Sea's annual Youth Fest are making final preparations
for next month's big event. The second festival will be held on
Sunday 4th July from 12 noon to 7pm and is being overseen by Burnham's
Youth Town Council in association with Burnham-On-Sea Lions Club.
hands out Scouts awards
of Scout leaders from across the district gathered in Burnham-On-Sea
on Wednesday evening (June 17th) for their annual awards presentation
night. Burnham's Mayor and Mayoress, Michael and Maria Clarke,
were among the special guests, including the chairman of Sedgemoor
opportunities on show
in the Burnham-On-Sea area can find out next month how they can
take advantage of plans to build a new nuclear power station at
Hinkley Point. EDF Energy, which has plans to build two new nuclear
reactors at Hinkley Point, will be staging a conference on Tuesday
pair hold tea fundraiser
GROUP of residents in Berrow will be raising a cuppa for charity
this weekend when they hold a fundraising cream tea for Marie
Curie Cancer Care. For a third year, Steve and Hilary Cox and
their neighbours will be serving up hundreds of teas to raise
charity funds on Saturday (June 19th).
Club return from break
50 members of Burnham-On-Sea's Gateway Club have just returned
from a week's holiday in Minehead. The group of 53 adults, who
all have learning disabilities, were waved off by Burnham's Mayor,
Michael Clarke, as they took a coach from the Burnham-On-Sea to
arrests after bike thefts
THREE people have been arrested by Burnham-On-Sea
police this week after a spate of bicycle thefts across the area.
Five bikes were stolen in Highbridge during one week and several
more are believed to be missing, prompting police to warn bicycle
owners in Burnham and Highbridge to take special care on security.
Chamber boss has big plans
THE new chairman of Burnham-On-Sea's
Chamber of Trade has unveiled plans to launch a fresh attempt
to secure the future of the town's Christmas lighting display
and also produce 100,000 copies of a new shopping guide booklet
to help boost business in the town.
wins top volunteer award
DEDICATED volunteer from Burnham-On-Sea has this week been rewarded
for his work in teaching local children by being named 'Sedgemoor
Volunteer of The Year'. Patrick Barber, who runs the local Fei
Lung Kwan kung fu group, was shocked to find he had won
the award, which described as a 'wonderful surprise'. More...
of Burnham-On-Sea's Nathan Edwards Tennis Academy were celebrating
on Wednesday (June 16th) after a County Councillor presented the
group with a cheque for hundreds of pounds. Cllr Peter Burridge-Clayton
handed the group's founder Sally Edwards with a cheque for £250.
on flats plans deferred
A DECISION on whether the redevelopment of Burnham-On-Sea's
former Tucker's Garage site into a new building of 27 flats can
proceed has this week been deferred for more talks. The developer
said it could not afford to pay £150,000 for community facilities
as part of the scheme. More...
launch for school visit
children from Woodsite Community School, Dudley, had a first hand
experience of a real lifeboat shout during their visit to Burnham-On-Sea
on Wednesday (June 16th). The
children were enjoying an educational tour on sea safety when
the lifeboat crew's pagers sprang into life.
academy gets £3k boost
Nathan Edwards Tennis Academy has been awarded a £3,000
grant from the Somerset Community Foundation to be used to subsidise
the coaching of talented children. Delighted Sally Edwards, the
founder of the group, said she made a last minute application
for the cash.
Road flats plan rejected
CONCERNS about over-development and
loss of privacy are among the reasons for a controversial extension
to a block of flats in Burnham-On-Sea being rejected by the district
council this week. Residents of Brue House in Berrow Road were
unhappy at the proposals.
pupils to visit rescue groups
of pupils from Sutton Park Community Primary School in Kidderminster
enjoyed a special visit to Burnham-On-Sea on Tuesday (June 15th)
when they were given a VIP tour of the town's marine rescue services.
They visited BARB, Burnham Coastguards and the town's RNLI.
for 53 new homes rejected
were celebrating today (Tuesday, June 15th) after proposals to
build 53 new homes in Burnham-On-Sea were turned down by the district
council for a second time. Persimmon
Homes had applied to build a new estate on the former Worston
refuse tip to the west of Lawrence Close.
begins for carnival queen
search is on for this year's Highbridge and Burnham-On-Sea Carnival
Queen and Princesses. Organisers from Burnham-On-Sea Lions Club
have this week kicked off the annual hunt to find this year's
contestants. The contest is once again open to girls 7-15 and
entries are now being welcomed.
protest held at meeting
PLACARD-wielding protesters confronted National Grid bosses
when they held an exhibition in Mark, near Burnham-On-Sea, at
the weekend to display controversial plans for a new power line
through Somerset. The protesters from 'Pylon Moor Pressure' held
a demo outside the hall.
seized at beach party
HUNDREDS of pounds worth of alcohol was seized by Burnham-On-Sea
police when officers swooped on a party on the town's beach at
the weekend. Following reports of anti-social behaviour and underage
drinking, police found about 50 young people gathered together
on Burnham Beach and in the dunes.
Beaver leaders praised
retiring Burnham-On-Sea Beaver Scout leaders have this week been
thanked for their work after each spending 15 years working with
the town's Scout group. Nita Buckler and Mary Matthews were presented
with flowers by Group Scout Leader Dave Burland at the Burnham
rescued from roadside ditch
crews rescued a man from a water-filled ditch near Brean on Sunday
night (June 13th). Fire crews from Burnham-On-Sea, Weston and
Bridgwater rushed to Brean Road in Lympsham at 11.05pm after the
man had fallen off his bike into the water-filled roadside ditch.
Radio to go full-time?
TEMPORARY radio station, Highbridge Family Radio, which took to
the airwaves in the town over the weekend hopes to become a permanent
service in the future. The station transmitted a schedule of music,
chat and information live from Market Street in Highbridge. More...
roar off on fundraiser
40 motorcycling enthusiasts roared off from Burnham-On-Sea on
Sunday morning (June 13th) for a 100 mile fundraising bike run.
Motorcycle enthusiast Phil Hayward organised the event from Burnham-On-Sea
to Lynmouth in aid of the Friends of Burnham Hospital. More...
special: Brent Knoll Fete
afternoon of hot summer weather attracted big crowds to Brent
Knoll's annual summer fete on Saturday (June 12th). The village's
Reverend Simon Lewis officially opened the event with organiser
John Page. The crowds of spectators were treated a variety of
music, fun and entertainment. More...
crowds flock to Jazz In The Park
600 music lovers filled Burnham-On-Sea's Manor Gardens on Sunday
(June 13th) for the town's annual Jazz In The Park concert. The
free entertainment included music from acclaimed duo The Bennett
Brothers, plus Fantabulous and the Sheepwash Playboys. It was
organised by CADS, the Burnham and Highbridge Cultural Arts and
hands over lifeboat cash
at Burnham-On-Sea's RNLI lifeboat station have said thanks to
a town runner who raised over £1,200 for them. Running enthusiast
Jason Vickers ran the London Marathon to raise a total of £2,500
that was split between two charities - the RNLI and MS Society.
re-opens after accident
ambulance and fire crews from Burnham-On-Sea were called to the
village of Mark on Saturday evening (June 12th) after a two-vehicle
accident at a busy road junction. A
van collided with a car at the junction of Harp Lane and the Mark
Causeway at 7.35pm, leaving the road partially blocked.
drops in at technology clinic
MP Tessa Munt dropped in at the town's youth centre on Friday
(June 11th) where she gave her support to its technology clinic.
The BAY Centre was pleased to receive a return visit by Mrs Munt,
who had originally intended to attend it on 4th June for a UK
music concert hailed a hit
music enthusiasts flocked to Burnham's Princess theatre on Saturday
(June 12th) for an evening of entertainment from renowned folk
band Magenta. On an evening when the town's pubs were full to
overflowing with World Cup fans, a crowd of spectators still turned
Cup fever hits Burnham!
Cup fever has swept across Burnham-On-Sea this weekend as England
kicked off their bid to win the contest. Pubs, shops, vehicles
and homes across the town have been adorned in patriotic red and
white St George's flags to show support for the team in South
In The Park today
top jazz bands will perform at Jazz In The Park in Burnham-On-Sea's
Manor Gardens on Sunday (June 13th). The free entertainment will
include music from acclaimed duo The Bennett Brothers, who will
play a full line-up of foot-tapping swing tunes during the four
hour free afternoon event.
pupils' safety given boost
safety of youngsters taking school excursions across the Burnham-On-Sea
area has been given a boost this week after the donation of 1,300
high-visibility safety vests. Burnham-On-Sea Police have been
supplying pupils at several local schools with the high visibility
radio station goes live
NEW temporary radio station, Highbridge Family Radio, took to
the airwaves on Saturday (12th June) with a varied programme of
music, chat and information. The station, which is supported by
the Big Lottery Fund and co-ordinated by Bridgwater charity Somerset
Film, is transmitting live from Market Street in Highbridge on
87.7FM and online. More...
years in jail for town murder
24 year-old man was sentenced to 13 years behind bars on Friday
(June 11th) after being found
guilty of the murder of Burnham-On-Sea man George Lawson. Adam
Lapthorne pleaded guilty to the Christmas Eve murder during a
court hearing at Exeter Crown Courton
attend wind farm meeting
THERE was standing room only when almost
150 residents filled a public meeting in West Huntspill on Thursday
evening (June 10th) to air their views on controversial proposals
to build a new wind farm. West Huntspill's Balliol
Hall was full to capacity for the event to discuss the plans.
beach wins more praise
THE quality of Burnham-On-Sea's beaches has been praised this
week in two separate studies. Tidy Britain carried out a snap
inspection of Burnham and gave high marks to its standards, while
bathing water results from the Environment Agency were also announced.
society celebrates success
THIS group of Burnham-On-Sea District Pantomime Society members
was celebrating this week after receiving certificates and trophies
during the organisation's annual awards night. The group's president,
Derick Cooper, handed out the well-deserved awards during the
ceremony at Burnham Community Centre. More...
Knoll fete this Saturday
BRENT Knoll's annual summer fete will take place this Saturday
(June 12th) with a big line-up of traditional music, games and
stalls on offer. Organisers are keeping their fingers crossed
for good weather, with the event expected to attract crowds of
visitors to the village green during Saturday afternoon. More...
'fares well' in cash cuts
SEDGEMOOR District Council claimed on Thursday (June 10th) that
it will not be forced to make unplanned cuts to services in our
area this year despite a reduction in the council's central government
funding. Cllr Duncan McGinty said it has "fared reasonably
well" against a backdrop of wide-ranging cuts. More...
visits town elderly home
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Mayor and Mayoress and the Chairman of Sedgemoor
District Council were the VIP guests at an open day at a home
providing sheltered accommodation for the elderly this week. Staff
at Abbeyfield opened their doors on Wednesday afternoon (9th June).
centre gets a deep clean
throughout Burnham-On-Sea's town centre have been given a deep
clean by the district council this week in time for the summer
tourist season. The bi-annual power washing of pavements along
the High Street has been taking place by the council's contractors,
as pictured here. More...
begins on new £2.5m centre
to build a multi-million pound new health campus in Berrow officially
started today (Thursday, June 10th) when a formal turf cutting
ceremony was held. Jane Barrie OBE, Chairman of NHS Somerset,
joined practice staff, doctors and the project's architects More...
to hold Burnham bike run
motorcycle enthusiast Phil Hayward is to hold a fundraising bike
run in aid of the Friends of Burnham Hospital this weekend. The
event on Sunday 13th June will see dozens of motorcyclists ride
between Burnham-On-Sea and Lynmouth for the good cause. More...
crash sparks safety calls
THE shocked driver of this car had a dramatic escape
in Brent Knoll this week after losing control of his vehicle,
overturning down a railway embankment, and finishing upturned.
Burnham-On-Sea police were called to Station Road after the damaged
Ford Escort Convertible was spotted at the bottom of a steep bank.
band head to town
A CHART-topping pop group from the 1990s
is set to perform at a Burnham-On-Sea holiday park during August.
911, a well-known boyband consisting of Lee Brennan, Jimmy Constable
and Spike Dawbarn, had nine top ten hits, including
the UK number one 'A Little Bit More'. More...
boost for Burnham in bloom
A SPLASH of colour has been added to
Burnham-On-Sea's streets this week as the town gears up to take
part in this year's Britain In Bloom competition. Organisers have
been hanging baskets along the town's High Street and flower beds
have been planted by the town council. More...
photos: KAS Sports Day Fun
formers at Highbridge's King Alfred School have been enjoying
the end-of-term by taking part in a fun sports day this week.
event included events such as a fancy dress obstacle race, a three-legged
contest and a space-hopper race. Teachers also joined in the wacky
golf decision deferred
build a new mini golf course on Burnham-On-Sea's seafront have
been temporarily put on hold while the district council further
considers an application to lease the land. The council's Executive
considered the plans on Wednesday (June 9th) and have decided
to use more time to check the covenent. More...
of lead stolen from church
thieves have stolen over £10,000 of lead strips from the
roof of Burnham-On-Sea's St Andrew's Church during recent days.
are investigating the major theft of the valuable metal from the
northern roof of the church in Victoria Street. The thieves scrambled
onto the roof and peeled away the metal strips. More...
group's exhibition opened
Lighthouse Arts Group is holding its annual exhibition of colourful
paintings throughout the month of June. The Sea Breeze Gallery
in Victoria Street is hosting the
free entry exhibition, which runs daily until Wednesday, 30th
June. A wide range of art is on show. More...
arrested after drugs raid
Photos: POLICE arrested a 37 year-old man following a drugs
raid at this property in Highbridge this morning (Tuesday, June
8th). A drugs warrant was executed at Bishops Place in the town
centre, just off Church Street, and the man was arrested on suspicion
of possessing a Class A drug. More...
makes bloom appeal
in Highbridge have this week been urged to back the town's bid
to win this year's South West Britain In Bloom competition. Organisers
from Highbridge in Bloom are inviting businesses and residents
to enter their gardens, hanging baskets and shopfronts
in the local contest. More...
UK Schools Champions!'
brothers, who are members of the town's Monarchs Gymnastics Club,
are celebrating this week after being declared British Schools
Champions. Acrobatic gymnasts Sean and Conor McKenna represented
the South West at the latest competition.
new homes set for approval?
Controversial plans to build 53 homes in Burnham-On-Sea have
been recommended for approval by Sedgemooor's planning case officer
- much to the concern of nearby residents. Residents living in
the Lawrence Close area of Burnham have been left reeling by the
news regarding Persimmon Homes' plans to create a huge new housing
development on a former landfill site.
donation for community hall
Mayor has handed over a cheque for £1,000 to the town's
community centre this week. We were first to report last month
that the community centre in Berrow Road had been awarded a huge
£135,000 grant from environmental company Viridor, but it
needed donations to secure the funding. More...
PCSO thanked by Mayor
and Highbridge's Mayor has this week thanked former PCSO Gill
Bawler for her "valuable work" in the two towns as she
moves on to a new job. Gill was presented with a bouquet of flowers
on behalf of the council by Cllr Michael Clarke on Monday (June
call for golf re-think
CONCERNED group of Burnham-On-Sea residents has this week called
on town councillors to withdraw their support of controversial
plans for a new mini golf course on the town's seafront. We reported
last week how the proposed course on a grassy area of the South
Esplanade had been approved by the council's planning applications
escapes bungalow fire
Photos: A pensioner was treated for shock after this blaze
at a bungalow in Burnham-On-Sea on Monday afternoon (June 7th).
Quick-thinking residents dialled 999 after spotting the thick
smoke emerging from the elderly lady's property in Ashcott Drive,
as pictured here.
car run raises £1,500
of vintage vehicles visited Burnham-On-Sea's seafront on Saturday
evening (June 5th), raising £1,500 for charity. Almost 120
police cars, fire engines and valuable old cars and motorbikes
took part in the colourful 17th Vale of Avalon Vintage Vehicle
Road Run, which rolled into Burnham at 6.30pm. More...
complete Burnham triathlon
330 athletes from across the country completed Burnham-On-Sea's
grueling annual triathlon on Sunday morning (June 6th). The event,
now in its 24th year, was staged in brilliant sunshine and was
watched by spectators along the route. Iain Hindes from North
Devon Triathletes won the event. More...
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backs town internet day!
Carnival Queen was the special guest at a special silver surfers
internet education day in the town on Friday (June 4th). Jessica
Rogers was on hand to greet visitors at the BAY Centre in Cassis
Close for the annual UK Online event, which this year had the
theme of 'Face your on-line fears'.
1.30am fire tackled
firefighters were called to extinguish a deliberate blaze in the
early hours of Saturday (June 5th). One Burnham fire engine was
sent to a block of flats next to the Lighthouse pub in Highbridge
Road at 1.30am after a pile of furniture was set alight. More...
scare on Brean beach
PART of Brean beach was sealed off by police and Burnham Coastguards
on Saturday afternoon (June 5th) after a metal detector enthusiast
came across a possible explosive device underneath the sand. Burnham-On-Sea
Coastguards and police were called to the main beach car parking
area at 1.50pm.
photos: Berrow Village Fayre
crowds turned out at Berrow's rescheduled village fayre on Saturday
(June 5th), a month after heavy winds led to the event's postponement.
The event was officially opened by Richard Cadell from Children's
ITV with Sooty, who is pictured here, with Berrow Parish Council's
classic cars head to town
vintage vehicles will be hitting Burnham-On-Sea's seafront this
evening (Saturday, June 5th). The 17th Vale of Avalon Vintage
Vehicle Road Run will arrive at 6.30pm on the town's seafront
and the vehicles will then be in Burnham until approximately 7.45pm
after judging takes place.
in 1,000 charity cycle ride
intrepid Burnham-On-Sea cyclists are in training to pedal their
way from Land's End to John O'Groats next month. Martin Rogers,
Kevin Crenol and Jason Emmett are hoping to complete the 1,000
mile fundraising ride in just seven days. They
will begin their journey from Lands End in Cornwall on July
May Fayre this Saturday
rescheduled village fayre will take place this Saturday (June
5th) after heavy winds caused the event's postponement last month.
marquees and tents on the village's playing field on Saturday,
as reported here, leaving them strewn in trees and hedges.
held for drink driving
A MOTORIST has been arrested on suspicion
of drink driving following an accident involving this car in Highbridge.
Police were called to the A38, near the entrance to Highbridge
Caravans, after this vehicle was reported to have struck another
and been driven eratically. More...
crews free stuck cyclist
fire crews carried out one of their more bizarre rescues this
afternoon (Thursday, June 3rd) when a child became stuck on her
bicycle. Two fire crews were called to Berrow beach at 4.23pm
after a 999 call was made regarding the distressed youngster.
pulls out of Princess race
THE number of bidders in the race to
take over Burnham-On-Seas Princess Hall has been reduced
to three after one group dropped out during the latest round of
the district council's competitive tender process. One of the
four groups has decided not to continue in the process. More...
golf course 'thumbs-up'
CONTROVERSIAL plans to build a new mini
golf course on Burnham's seafront were approved by town councillors
on Wednesday evening (June 2nd). Entrepreneur Paul Chatwin wants
to turn a grassy area on the South Esplanade into a purpose-built
golf park over the next year. More...
lunches raise charity cash
of pounds was raised for the charity Cots For Tots when generous
members of Burnham-On-Sea's Inner Wheel Club held a fundraising
ploughman's lunch on Wednesday (June 2nd). The event was held
at Burnham Baptist Church in College Street over the course if
two hours. More...
for air training duo
members of the Air Training Corps based in Burnham-On-Sea have
this week been rewarded for their dedication and commitment to
the group. Adult Warrant Officer Steve Warr, who joined as a cadet
in 1990, was handed his long service medal for 12 years of superb
service at the group. More...
panelist judges local contest
this week's finals of the TV series Britain's Got Talent
series have inspired you to take to the stage, then a Brean holiday
park wants to hear from you. Pontins Brean has teamed up with
The Sun newspaper to launch a Search For A Star competition with
celebrity judges. More...
greetings for Florence
BURNHAM-On-Sea pensioner has opened her card from the Queen this
week as she celebrated her 100th birthday. Florence Rose has lived
in Burnham for more than 32 years and has been celebrating her
cententary milestone at home with family and friends over the
past few days. More...
fire drama was just a drill
first glance it looked like fire crews were attending a major
incident on Burnham's seafront this evening (Wednesday, June 2nd).
However, local residents were relieved to discover that the five
vehicles and a dozen fire fighters were simply taking part in
a drill. More...
call for action on homes
council house tenants in Highbridge have launched an online petition
calling on the government to give residents more power to demand
local councils repair their crumbling homes. A group of residents
from the Morland Road estate has launched the petition and also
written to the boss of Homes In Sedgemoor.
star meets Burnham's Amy
GEORGE Sampson, the winner of the 2008
Britain's Got Talent TV series, met up with a Burnham-On-Sea
teenager at the weekend, fulfilling a promise made earlier in
the year. The dancer was originally due to attend Amy Stacey's
sixteenth birthday in Burnham last January. More...
shop sparks complaints
Almost 30 residents in Highbridge are up in arms over the
appearance of a new tattoo shop that has opened next to a busy
roundabout in the town. They are unhappy about the painted shopfront
of The Devil's Work Tattoo Studio, which has opened in Church
Street, next to the busy A38 roundabout.
£3m pool 'progressing well'
to construct Brean Leisure Park's new £3million swimming
pool is progressing well with the building's concrete foundations
being laid this week. The first pour of concrete was made last
week in preparation for the main building work to begin on the
brand new 25 metre swimming pool. More...
ho! Tug of war success
of pounds was raised for a local good cause during a fundraising
tug-of-war in Brent Knoll, near Burnham-On-Sea, on Bank Holiday
Monday (May 31st). Seven teams tried to out-pull each other during
the event outside the Brent Knoll Inn while raising funds for
Burnham rescue charity BARB. More...
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